The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) after its meeting with COA on Friday, in which it has talked about the issue of not playing cricket with Pakistan in the World Cup.
Along with this, the BCCI has conveyed to the ICC about the upcoming events and their concerns and commitments, including security of Indian players, officials and fans. In his letter, the BCCI has urged the cricket community to break up with the country, where terror gets refuge.
Virat Kohli’s response
After this decision of BCCI, Team India captain Virat Kohli has made a big statement. Virat Kohli said,
“Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the govt & the Board decides, we will respect that,” he said during the media conference on Saturday
#WATCH Virat Kohli on Ind Vs Pak in World Cup says, "Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do." pic.twitter.com/gjyJ9qDxts
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019
Why boycott Pakistan?
After the Pulwama terror attack, there is a demand to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan in Old Trafford on 16th June. 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in this attack.
The ICC meeting will be held from February 26 to March 2. The BCCI has sent an email to the ICC, in which the BCCI said that it is concerned about the safety of Indian players going to the World Cup.